ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Gordon Acha, senior offensive tackle of the Duxbury High Green Dragons, is the recipient of its inaugural Lineman of the Year award, to be presented annually to the top high school lineman in Massachusetts.
The Lineman of the Year award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Acha was honored this afternoon during a presentation at the school's gymnasium. On hand to present the award was Hall of Famer and Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett, as well as ESPN Boston High Schools co-editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall.
"We are honored that Gordon Acha will forever be associated with the first Lineman of the Year award presented by ESPN Boston," Hall said. "As much as the Dragons' skill players on both sides of the ball grab some well-deserved headlines, it was the offensive line that helped make it all click. Gordon's rise is a great story in itself, and as Matt O'Keefe's blind side he kept the kid's jersey pretty clean."
In his first season as the Dragons' full-time starter, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Acha started all 13 games for the Dragons as they went undefeated and captured their second straight Super Bowl title at Gillette Stadium, shutting out Tewksbury 35-0 for the Division 2 championship. With Acha supporting both the run and pass, the Dragons amassed 4,480 yards of offense in 13 games, averaging 302 yards from scrimmage.
"So much credit in football goes to the skill position players that sometimes the efforts of the linemen are overlooked," Barboza said. "We hope this award will serve as a testament to the hard work put into playing the positions on a football field that are equally as important to the success of a football team as others. Gordon exhibited fine play all season and is no small part to Duxbury's Super Bowl success this season."